Coconut & Beet Falafels with a Garlic Ginger Sesame Sauce
This recipe, combining chickpeas and beets, was taught to my guests and I during my heathy foodie cooking class with my friend and Keralan Chef Tony. True to my style, this recipe not only delicious but also nutritious.
Beets are a powerhouse of nutrition and contain nutrients that may help detoxify your liver, lower blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation as well as increase stamina. Beets are also super high in Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese and boron. FYI - Boron, is also known as nature’s Viagra!
Chickpeas are high in fibre, calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, B-vitamins, fibre and protein.
Coconuts are a source of metabolism boosting and virus, bacteria and fungus killing medium chain triglycerides.
1) Wash beets, peel and finely grate them using a grater.
In a food processor or high powered blender, grind the chickpeas into a coarse paste along with fennel seeds. You may need to add a small amount water as the food processor/blender is operating to make sure there is enough moisture to turn into a paste (I’m talking tablespoons here maybe 2 to 3 maximum).
In a mixing bowl, combine the chickpea paste and remaining ingredients including the rice flour, the egg, grated beets, onion, grated coconut, cilantro, turmeric/chilli powder, curry powder, black pepper and salt.
Check for saltiness and flavor. Add more sea/mineral salt or curry powder according to your preference.
Once the paste is made, make key lime sized balls and flatten them between your palms and set aside.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan or cast iron skillet on a medium high heat. Drop the flattened chickpea pucks in the oil and fry them untill the falafel is cooked inside and crisp and golden brown outside. Drain them on a paper towel and serve hot with tahini sauce.
For the Sauce
Add water a little at a time to the tahini and whisk it at the same time until it becomes a creamy, pourable sauce. The tahini will turn kind of white.
Add lime juice, ginger, coconut milk and salt and whisk some more. Taste and add more sea salt as need.
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